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"The Senate Through the Ages"
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A man sits on a cot set up in the ornate Old Senate Chamber.

"[T]he Senate of the United States is unique among all legislative bodies in the world.  It is the only important chamber in which debate cannot be curbed - in which there cannot be action when a majority of members are willing and eager to act.  Parliamentary obstruction - filibustering - is a political sport for which the season is always open."

-Lindsay Rogers, 'The Most Remarkable of all the Inventions of Modern Politics,' Parliamentary Affairs 3, Winter 1949.